LitKicks Quick Picks

LitKicks has always been about more than just discussing literary news and books — we are proud to house a collection of articles, biographies and features that celebrate the history of literature and its characters. Each week we’ll select a few pieces from our ‘library’ and offer them up for your enjoyment.

On this week’s menu:

James Joyce: Since today is Bloomsday (the day Joyce’s Leopold Bloom roamed Dublin in Ulysses), it’s only fitting that we spend a little time reconnecting with James Joyce.

When Corso Dropped His BOMB: Poet Gregory Corso’s BOMB is a unique roiling celebratory mass. Not only are you treated to an original audio recording of the piece read by its author, we offer several photos and the background behind this ‘performance’.

American Sycamore by George Wallace: New York poet George Wallace offered up this short poem for our 24 Hour Poetry Party last July. While simple in tone and language, the deliberate pace of the poem radiates a mysterious intensity that seems appropriate for summer.

5 Responses

  1. YesWell I guess Bloomsday

    Well I guess Bloomsday would be the perfect day to begin my planned reading of Ulysses, but I’m in the middle of another book so it’s not going to happen.

    I wonder what it says about a book though that one has to make a plan for reading it?

    BTW, in a post the other day, brooklyn referred to himself as a ‘blogger;’ does LitKicks officially consider itself a ‘blog’ now? If so, is this just a cynical attempt to cash in by jumping on the blog-hype bandwagon? Or was he just referring to a livejournal or Diaryland I don’t know about.

  2. Life’s Rich PageantWhat a
    Life’s Rich Pageant

    What a wonderful smorgasbord; great selections, FC. It was good to read jota’s article on James Joyce again, along with the cross-referenced articles on Marcel Proust by dwim and William Carlos Williams by Levi. George Wallace’s poem, American Sycamore, gave me a few moments of floating outside my body and relaxing in another dimension.

    I’ll wait until I get home to listen to Corso.

  3. Hi Shamatha — yes, LitKicks
    Hi Shamatha — yes, LitKicks has officially enrolled in the fad known as Blogging. Seriously, I think it’s a good format. Hey, I practically invented the litblog — I’m talking 1994 here.

  4. I forgot about the old timey
    I forgot about the old timey Litkicks – It was actually one of my first bookmarks when I bought a computer back in the spring of 1996. After determining if porn was actually as easy to find on this internet thingey as all the moral pundits said it was (not quite, but close), the 2nd thing I searched for were writers like Kerouac and Bukowski.

  5. That’s good to hear,
    That’s good to hear, Shamatha. The world sure has changed a lot since ’96. It’s nice that you’ve been around that long (and that you’re now able to contribute instead of just look at the site).

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